If you walked into the Dearborn Branch on the morning of June 5, you would have seen children mesmerized by self-proclaimed "balloon-atic" Larry MacDonald creating animals, hats, and crowns from long, thin balloons. He handed out balloons to the children, and as they followed his instructions, dogs and hats emerged with a twist of the wrist. Oohs and ahhs were heard as he created teddy bears holding hearts and a crown for a princess.
School is out for summer and that always sounds great the day before the semester ends. Just you wait. The boredom creeps in and before you know, you too will start to wish away the summer. That is, unless you take appropriate steps keep boredom at bay all summer long.
We can help. We have a pile-o-fun just waiting to be had at the library. The best part is... IT'S ALL FREE!
Summer is in full swing at the Raytown Branch. The Summer Reading Program is up and running. There are programs for all ages, birth through teens. Children have an opportunity to win 3 free books and other prizes. You have until July 31st to participate. It is easy to sign up online or at the Library.
Imagine a mysterious, diverse, and beautiful land on the other side of the world. A land that produces an instrument called the didgeridoo, which looks and sounds as exotic as its name. A land down under, a land called Australia.
But wait! Let’s go back to the instrument: a didgeridoo? Well, that’s just plain fun to say! The didgeridoo is a wind instrument developed by Indigenous Australians about 1,500 years ago that is still in widespread use today all around the world.
Commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War
In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War and, in particular, the anniversary of the First Battle of Independence fought on the Independence Square on August 11, 1862, the following events are being held throughout Independence from now through the end of the year. Join the community in remembrance of the historic battles fought and the lives that were forever affected:
Beginning Classes at MGC: The Perfect Place to Start
Let’s say you have a friend, we’ll call her Jayne Deaux. Jayne started her genealogy research a few years ago, and spent hours upon hours upon hours researching her family. You thought Jayne was crazy! Why spend so much time looking backward? But the more Jayne talked about her findings and the little clues she followed, the more you thought, "Mmm, this is like all those mystery novels I read." Still, you dug your feet in the ground and refused to become one of those people.
Guess Who's Coming to Grain Valley....It's Fancy Nancy and the Posh Puppy
For those who don't know who Nancy Clancy is, she is a little girl who loves all things fancy. The fancier the better- boas, sparkles, hearts, and bows. But, the great thing about Nancy is that she loves fancy words, especially French words. Using these adjectives makes her feel even fancier.
Kaleidoscope at Crown Center in Downtown Kansas City, sponsored by Hall’s Hallmark, is a fun, FREE child exploration center and a wonderful place for kids to be kids. You can let your kids run free, explore, paint, and color. And, you don’t have to tell them "don’t touch." I do recommend parking in the East parking garage nearest to the Hall’s Hallmark Center. They are both on the red level.
Are you interested in starting your own business? Have a great idea, but don’t know how to move forward? Or, are you on your way, but just need a little help with your next step? MCPL may be able to help you out! In addition to all of the great Online Resources we have for small businesses, we are now offering free classes at several of our branch locations: